Annotation:Since then I'm doomed (2)

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SINCE THEN I'M DOOMED [2]. English, Air (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. "Since then I'm doomed this sad reverse to prove" was a song in the two-act farce The Spoil'd Child that ends the first act. The words go:

Sarah Booth as Little Pickle

Since then I'm doomed this sad reverse to prove,

To quit each object of my infant care;
Torn from an honored parent's tender love,
And driven the keenest storms of fate too bear.
Ah, then forgive me, pitied, let me part,
Your frowns, too sure, would break my sinking heart.

Oft have you said I was you only joy;
A, wretch to forfeit such an envied bliss;
You too have deigned to call me darling boy,
And owned your fondness with a mother's kiss.
Ah, then forgive me, &c.

Where'er I go, what'er my lowly state,
Yet grateful memory still shall linger here;
Perhaps, when musing o'er my cruel fate,
You still may greet me with a tender tear.
Ah then forgive, &c.

The Spoil'd Child, which opened at the Ulverstone Theatre on 16 October 1787, was attributed to Bickerstaff, though the author is not really known. The work is memorable chiefly for the role of the title character, Little Pickle, who exasperates every other character, even going so far as to bake his aunt's favorite parrot and serve it to her for dinner. Little Pickle is the kind of child W. C. Fields loved to hate. Actresses, however, loved Little Pickle, and the role was much sought after throughout the nineteenth century. The play has variously ascribed to Isaac Bickerstaffe, Richard Ford, Prince Hoare (1755-1834) and Mrs. Jordan. The music by Storace.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - The c. 1800-1802 music manuscript collection of ship's fiddler William Litten [Huntington].

Printed sources : - Huntington (William Litten's Tune Book), 1977; p. 39.

Recorded sources: -

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